Technical, vocational hub vision taking shape — CTVET Director- General

BY: Education Desk Report
• Prof. Amevi Akakpovi (left), Pro Vice-Chancellor of Accra Technical University, explaining a point to the members of the select committee during the visit
• Prof. Amevi Akakpovi (left), Pro Vice-Chancellor of Accra Technical University, explaining a point to the members of the select committee during the visit

The Director-General of the Commission for Technical, Vocational Education and Training (CTVET), Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo's vision of making Ghana a world-class TVET hub is gradually taking shape.

That, he attributed to the massive infrastructure projects currently ongoing and restructuring in the various regions across the country to revamp the TVET sector.

Dr. Asamoah made that known during a visit to some selected TVET projects by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education last week.

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Education is currently touring ongoing TVET projects around the country to assess the progress and report back to the house.

Ongoing projects

In Accra, the committee visited a new campus for the Accra Technical University at Mpehuasem (Samsam) which was inaugurated in 2018 and is currently being restocked with new tools and equipment under the Ghana China Project on the Rehabilitation and Upgrading of Equipment in technical universities and institutes.

The committee also visited the Ashaiman Technical Institute where there is a newly constructed workshop with state-of-the-art tools and equipment under the same project.

Again, the team visited the NVTI headquarters and the Vocational and Technical Institute (VTI) both at East Legon where there is an ongoing construction work which is part of the project for the overall upgrade and modernisation of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system in Ghana which commenced in 2019.

Background

In 2018, while speaking at the centenary celebrations of Asuansi Technical Institute, at Asuansi, in the Central Region, President Akufo-Addo said it was the goal of his government to make Ghana a world-class centre for skills development, and a leading country in TVET delivery in Africa.

He further outlined the government's strategic policy on TVET and stated: "We want to emphasise the importance of TVET, and redeem the misconception that technical and vocational education is inferior and patronised only by less endowed students".

This promise has informed the government’s resolve to invest over $ 700 million since 2017.

Upgrading, modernisation

According to Dr. Asamoah, the government was upgrading and modernising all NVTIs and Opportunity Industrialisation Centres (OICs) nationwide.

"The government is also constructing three foundries and machining centres, which is ongoing to enhance effective practical training at the various training centres”, he said.

"Again the government is upgrading 17 technical and vocational institutes across the country and building an office complex to support the unit responsible for TVET examination", Dr. Asamoah added.

He said additional infrastructural equipment was being provided in all technical universities to achieve quality delivery at the tertiary level with industry 4.0 standards.

The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Select committee, Mr. Kwabena Amankwa Asiamah said, "the latest machines are being installed and we can see that these machines will help our youth to learn about modern technology and also fit in the modern way of doing things so we can rub shoulders with all other students who are doing technical education in any other country".

He was upbeat that after the completion of the various construction and installations of equipment across the country, the dream of improving the teaching and learning of TVET would be enhanced drastically.

The team will be visiting the Central, Western, Ashanti and Eastern regions over the next two weeks as part of the project.

Parliamentary delegation

The 20-member Parliamentary Select Committee, led by its Chairperson Mr. Kwabena Amankwa Asiamah, was accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Education, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, who represented the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, during the tour.